31 August 2010

Monthly Viewings: August

Bachelor Party
This 1984, Tom Hanks film is the original The Hangover. Before Rick gets married, his friends are determined to throw him an outrageous party.  With hookers.  Seriously, hookers. I thought strippers were the hallmark of bachelor parties, but apparently in the early 80s, hookers were the entertainment. Like The Hangover, this is a comedy of errors; unlike The Hangover, Bachelor Party may not be so funny to those of us barely out of diapers in 1984. Don't get me wrong, it was funny, but it was 1984 funny.

Dinner for Schmucks
Laugh out loud humor with the occasional snort.  There were no truly shocking surprises, but the cast of characters was rather entertaining and unique, and I mean literally the characters, not the cast. The individuals invited to this dinner, the so-called schmucks, are people I would really like to meet.  They seem fun.

Full review can be found here. But for the quick version - I loved it. It was magnificently put together, and despite the lack of character development, the visuals, concept, and pacing make it a favorite film of the year.

Slumdog Millionaire
I don't know why I put off watching this for so long. It was excellent, unique, and completely not a feel good movie in any way, shape, or form. Seriously, if you are not depressed after watching this, you have no heart. I don't care whether the ending is happy or not, this movie should still leave you feeling like a giant schmuck who has it unbelievably good and yet still complains like a baby crying because it's spoon is gold and not platinum. Watch this movie.

Harry Potter - Chamber of Secrets, Prizoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and The Half-Blood Prince
While the family was here, nights were spent with Harry Potter, in bits at a time, for the kids to fall asleep, and mornings were spent watching the other bits as we all woke up and ate breakfast. How fun is that?!?! I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the movies as the acting grates on the nerves a bit; they can be wonderful fun though, especially when watching them with children.

The Departed
An excellent film that I have watched too many times to count, The Departed is an exciting, well-acted, and thought-provoking thriller revolving around two men infiltrating opposite sides of the law.  Damon, Wahlberg, DiCaprio, and Nicholson were a true joy to watch.

Inglourious Basterds
Full review can be found here. Christoph Waltz rocks my world in this movie. Waltz's portrayal of the Jew Hunter is so nuanced that he really comes across as a true-to-life person rather than a "character". If you have not yet seen this film, well, shame on you. :)

Pirate Radio
What a fun romp through 1966 off-shore pirate radio broadcasting! The cast of characters is excellent, and the characters they play are wonderfully eccentric. And of course, we must not forget the soundtrack which is so flipping fantastic I may actually buy it.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
For the full review, check out my thoughts on The New Annotated Dracula. This 1992 version of the film has a ridiculous amount of bare breasts floating about, and the plot was sacrificed quite a bit for sensationalism.  Still, for the most part, the actors did a great job of adding depth to their characters, even though they had little to work with within the script, and the film was artfully stylistic.


  1. YOu had a good month! We love our Harry Potter movies here and I couldn't tell you how many times we've seen each one. Dozens and dozens. Loved Inception. Loved The Departed. Loved Inglorious Basterds. And yes, even Bachelor Party. That has something to do with my age I guess, but I bet I saw that movie a dozen times in college.

  2. P.S. Thank you for fixing that word verification thing. It was going to drive me to the bottle!

  3. I think watching The Departed with Inception would be a good double feature.

  4. Sandy - I kind of wish I had seen Bachelor Party in say the early 90s or at least before watching The Hangover... And no problem! I set it up due to crazy amounts of spam, but I'm hopeful that won't happen again.

    Jenners - That would be awesome! I don't know what happened to DiCaprio after Titanic, but he's been in some fantastic films!

  5. Toootally want to see Inception. Really glad to see that you liked Dinner for Schmucks. I had my doubts. Loved Slumdog. Great film.

  6. That scene from Slumdog Millionaire was so funny!

  7. Oh I just talked about Slumdog Millionaire the other day in a post. I love that movie and highly recommend it!

  8. I can't believe I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire myself. Especially since I am so in love with India! And I can't wait to see Inception. Even my very finicky sister liked it. :)

  9. Andi - Inception is freaking awesome, so if you haven't seen it yet, you really really should.

    Jenny - Agreed! Disgusting, but funny and heartwarming.

    Sheila - It was such a great movie that I can't wait to watch it again.

    Rebecca - You definitely should watch it! Inception, too. They are both awesome.

  10. I love Slumdog Millionaire. Have you read the book too? It's very different but also great.

  11. I just watched Pirate Radio a few weeks ago and loved it so much that I watched all my favorite parts (which was most of it) again the following day. Loved the soundtrack, too :)

  12. Lucy - I haven't read the book. I actually didn't even know it was a book. :)

    Emily - Pirate Radio was unexpected but I really did enjoy it.

  13. I remember watching Bachelor Party back in the day and liking it, but when it was on tv recently Jason and I watched for a little bit and I agree that it has not exactly aged well.
    Loved Inception and Slumdog. I didn't like Dinner with Schmucks as much as you, but loved the dinner party. Wish that could have been the majority of the movie.


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